Autistic People Are




Autistic People are the real experts on autism.


Autistic people are not

more complicated than non-autistics.

Autistic people are

misunderstood and mischaracterized by non-autistics.


Autistic people are artistic and we don’t need speech to show our talents.


Autistic people are your friends

your co-workers

your children.


Autistic people are parents




Autistic people are not tragedies

we are not burdens.


Autistic people are not sufferers because of autism

we suffer discrimination from non-autistics.


Autistic people are “different but not less”.


Autistic people are not “Rain Man”

but some autistics can be savants.


Some autistic people are geniuses.


Autistic people are trying to be happy.


Autistic people are happy

when we are allowed to be ourselves

when we are trusted

when we are given opportunities to succeed

when we are loved.


Autistic people are caring

we are full of empathy.


Autistic people are smart

and we can debunk false assumptions

if we are allowed to speak up

or type our thoughts.


Autistic people are part of humanity.


Autistic people are deserving of dignity

of respect

of human rights.


Autistic people are.


We simply are.










Copyright 2013 by Amy Sequenzia

About the Author:

Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights. She also writes poetry. Amy has presented in several conferences in the US and abroad, and her work is featured in books about being Autistic and Disabled. Amy is deeply involved with the Neurodiversity Movement and has been outspoken about the rights and worthy of disabled people. Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). and Autism Women’s Network. You can also follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySequenzia.

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